How To: Keep Up with the Fluctuating Temperatures of the Changing Season
November 14th, 2014 by admin
With the arrival of autumn’s unpredictable weather, comes the start of fluctuating temperatures within your home. According to the Department of Energy, heating and cooling accounts for about 48% of your utility bill. To combat the chilly weather to come, we recommend being mindful and introducing some new changes. There are many different ways you can make your house warmer and also reduce your home energy costs. Here are some tips and tricks for energy consumption while maintaining a comfortable temperature within your family’s home.
An easy way to save energy is by installing an automatic thermostat so you can lower the temperature when you are asleep or away from home. This type of thermostat allows you to manually adjust the times of heating according to a pre-set schedule. However, be careful that you don’t lower the temperature setting too much. If you do, your system will need to work extra hard to recover and you may not see the desired energy savings. JK Mechanical recommends setting back your thermostat no more than 3 degrees if you have a heat pump and no more than 5 degrees if you have a gas or an oil furnace.
Often forgotten, maintenance of your furnace is necessary to ensure its efficiency. Make sure you are checking your furnace filter every 3 months and replacing it when necessary.
Although insulating your home requires work, time and sufficient funds, it is one of the best ways to block cold air from entering, while trapping warm air from escaping your home. Insulation can save you thousands, and we can help you select the best option for your home.
By weather stripping or replacing your rattling windows with a double panned energy efficient kind, you will provide an extra layer of insulation to your home which will also reduce energy costs. Purchasing thermal window panel curtains that are kept open to absorb heat during the day, and closed at night to insulate the room can also help maintain the desired temperature.
Although ceiling fans are most commonly associated with cooling a room, they serve a clever purpose during chilly months as well. By setting your fan to move counter clockwise, you are able to trap heat inside which will consequently keep your rooms warmer.
As dry air fills your home, humidifiers can help by adding moisture back into the air. Moist air will make you feel more comfortable and holds heat better, maximizing a feel good temperature within your home.
As the cold creeps in, beat the fluctuating weather by introducing one or more of these changes into your home. Your house will be warmer and can save your family significant dollars in heating costs. If you are in need of expert advice or assistance, call us at JK Mechanical, where we’re happy to answer any questions that you may have!